Kim's Convenience: Kim's Convenience - Season 1
August 4, 2018 10:24 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

While showing in Canada in 2016, Kim's Convenience was recently added to Netflix worldwide. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents "Appa" and "Umma" – Korean for "dad" and "mom" – along with their daughter Janet and estranged son Jung.
posted by k8t (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not done with season 1 yet, but I'm enjoying this.
posted by k8t at 10:26 AM on August 4

I really loved this show and it brought home for me that we have a lot of ground to break, still, in terms of diversity on-screen. Not just diversity of ethnicity but also diversity of experience.

I have a friend who is part of an immigrant community in our city, and when we talk about our weekends I realize that in the same city we have tons of communities living alongside each other and having very different experiences. I'm so curious about the other worlds in my city and wish I could understand them all, or at least catch a glimpse. But I don't see a TV show about families in my flyover state being a thing anytime soon.
posted by bunderful at 7:19 AM on August 5

You may also enjoy Jean Yoon (Umma) as the kick-ass Martian battleship commander in "The Expanse" episode "CQB". Next I want to see her play a world-weary cop on her fourth marriage, or maybe Puck. The actor has range.
posted by Mogur at 10:03 AM on August 5 [3 favorites]

This show is how my husband realized that my grandmother's name was not, in fact, Hermione (halmoni = Korean for "grandmother").

Anyways, this show is sweet without being cheesy or cloying. I do wish they'd give poor Janet a win every once in a while. Some people take offence to Paul Lee and Jean Yoon's put-on accents, but for me the most offensive thing is that fact that Kimchee is nicknamed "Kimchee" (and shortened to the ridiculous "Kimch"). Isn't that like nicknaming a white character "Taters" or "Mayo"?
posted by Rora at 1:15 PM on August 5 [1 favorite]

I really love this show. It has some of that cheesiness that I expect of Canadian media, and the Noah's Ark approach to diversity, but it's really funny and really sweet. I love Mr. Chin and his dog.
posted by arcticwoman at 3:09 PM on August 5 [1 favorite]

I love this show. This and Schitt's Creek have been dominating my Summer viewing.
posted by KazamaSmokers at 3:25 PM on August 5

I just recommended this to a friend thinking of moving to Canada, with part of my recommendation as "the guy is so hot. I mean, just really. He's just hot." The Korean church scenes with the hyper competitive passive-agressive women and the preacher manipulating them all crack me up.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 1:40 AM on August 6 [3 favorites]

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